[Game] Horizon: Zero Dawn

Horizon Zero Dawn


Finally, a sandbox game with an actually carefully designed world for a change.

I liked the unique take on the combat which made you focus on exploiting various weaknesses of your machine enemies instead of just mashing buttons to beat them, and the setting came off as really interesting initially too, but… the story and characters just felt so generic and lacked any sort of tension it was really difficult to get invested in the narrative and see the whole thing through.

Beautiful visuals
Dull, generic story
Interesting post-apocalyptic setting
Boring, paper-thin characters
Actually interesting side-quests
A couple of weird design decisions makes the setting hard to treat seriously
Combat focuses on exploiting weaknesses rather than mashing buttons
Combat against human enemies kind of sucks
A fairly well designed, not copy pasted sandbox

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